Roberta Buffett Elliott, the sister of Warren Buffett who has profited from his meteoric investment returns, is an alumna of Northwestern University. By funding the Buffett Center for International and Comparative Studies there she has supported academic work on overseas poverty, migration, understanding of world religions, tropical medicine, and democratic governance in the developing world. In 2015 she made a $100 million gift to expand Northwestern’s center into a full-blown institute. It will hire professors focused on international subjects, fund new research, provide up to $20 million in scholarships to bring overseas students to Northwestern to earn degrees, and otherwise expand international study and exchange.
- Announcement in institute newsletter, buffett.northwestern.edu/documents/newsletters/2015-Buffett-Spring-Newsletter.pdf